Reader feedback: Financial progress and cultural preservation

Re: Eastern Region, Suffers Depopulation, By Zuzana Habšudová

I think Slovakia and its people have come a long way since 1993. It would be very hard for any country to completely prosper in such a short time.

After all the years [spent] under the control of other countries, it will take time. However, I am torn: I hope Slovakia prospers to the point where its economy and lifestyle are comparable to the West.

On the other hand, I hope Slovakia avoids becoming a more materialistic society, like we have here in the US. I know one can't have it both ways...but one can wish. I have just found relatives in the Novy Salaš area, and from the pictures I have received, I envy them.

Their country is beautiful and I am sure [they have] a much simpler, uncomplicated life.

I guess I can say I hope they succeed economically, but also [that they] hold on to their heritage and customs. Here in the US, people with interest in their Slovak roots are dying out. Old customs and the Slovak language are being forgotten. I don't want to see this happen as Slovakia prospers.

Mike Blasko,
Pittsburgh, PA

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